WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- University of Washington center Spencer Hawes has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for December 18-24, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.
Hawes, a product of Seattle Prep High School, averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in a pair of victories for the Huskies, who climbed to 14th in this week's Associated Press poll and No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today rankings.
“With all the great players in the conference, especially this year, this is a big-time honor,” said Hawes.
“I’d have given it to Jon, but I’ll take it anyways,” Hawes remarked about sophomore teammate Jon Brockman who had a fine week himself with averages of 18.5 points and 13.0 rebounds.
Hawes opened the week with his first career double-double in registering career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds during Wednesday's (Dec. 20) 88-72 win over 12th-ranked LSU. Hawes shot 10-of-16 from the field and was instrumental in stopping LSU All-American Glen “Big Baby” Davis’ double-digit scoring streak at 48 games.
The 7-foot freshman capped the week by matching his career-high with 23 points and added nine rebounds Friday (Dec. 22) in an 80-51 win over Weber State.
For the week, he shot 20-of-30 (.667) from the field, 6-of-7 (.857) from the free throw line, and averaged 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocked shots.
The three blocked shots posted last week by Hawes pushed his team-leading total to 27. That’s one more than last season’s team leader, Brandon Roy, compiled during the entire 2005-06 season.
“He was very, very good. I know I’m stating the obvious,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar. “All of sudden he’s just been pretty reliable here scoring, he’s picked up his rebounding and he’s doing it against any opponent so far up to this point.
“The thing that is such a good quality about Spencer is that when teams have doubled him, and I’m sure we’ll face that these next two games quite a bit, he is so good at finding the open man.”
This is the first weekly honor for Hawes and Washington’s 28th Player of the Week all-time. The last Husky to receive the honor was Brandon Roy who was recognized Feb. 27, 2006 with his record third consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week award.
2006-07 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week
Nov. 20 -- Chase Budinger, Fr., F, Arizona
Nov. 27 -- Darren Collison, So., G, UCLA
Dec. 4 -- Josh Shipp, So., G/F, UCLA
Dec. 11 -- Daven Harmeling, So., F, Washington State
Dec. 18 -- Bryce Taylor, Jr., G, Oregon
Dec. 26 -- Spencer Hawes, Fr., C, WASHINGTON